One of my favorites of King's.
i've heard this is his best from a lot of people but i've never read it, seriously considering it though
I am new to Shelfari, but if you have never read King, this is the book to start with. It's a long book, but a really worthwhile read. It introduced me to the author and I love the book. It was a relevant read when written, and even more relevant now.
I agree, My all time favorite Stephen King book.
I don't like horror, so I was reluctant to read Stephen King. But... this book isn't horror; it's science fiction.
The story totally captivated me! I read it in two days, and the first day, I was up till 3:00 AM -- that's how compelling it is.
I read this book more than ten years ago, and I still remember many details of the story; that should tell you something.
This was my all time favorite Stephen King book, and I loved the movie.
It's been a long time since I read that one, it probably was the second or third novel by Stephen King that I read. King had already published Carrie and Firestarter and those stories of children with ESP bordering on the horror story angle just grabbed me. The Stand was also one of those borderline SF books and the first chapters with the flight from the Big Apple following a Doomsday event just had me read on. I never saw the movie, but I read the novel over again for some thrills, a few years later. That was a real nice long read, and even though Spider R. hated that book, well I enjoyed it quite a lot. It may be more Doomsday SF than pure horror/ fantasy, but it still bears the genuine King touch, dialogues that feel lifelike and characters that are made to stand and move forward in the awesome predicaments that their world has in store for them.
Yes, storm of the Century was pretty good as well, but for me the Stand is the best of the two because of the battle of good and evil which we all face on a daily basis.
Yes thats true, but there seemed to be an element of that in Storm Of The Century as well
The start of the book was great. The body of the book was amazing. The ending of the book, blew chunks..... I was MAD when I got to the end of this book. For 2 days straight, I could not put this book down. When I got to the end on the 3rd day, I wanted to Punch Stephen King In the Right Eye for the way he ended the book. 99% of the book was great, the end makes you mad..
there are two endings pubished (spoiler alert!)
1) in the extended version, the 'dark man' embodied by randolph flagg in most of the novel, reappears in an unnamed part of africa, the premise being an ongoing cycle of good and evil.
2) in the original, edited version, stu and (his girlfriend/wife) are somewhere in new england, with their baby.
Both endings were fine from my perspective.
This book is by far, my favorite Stephen King book. The classic battle between good and evil never seemed quite so vital. The characters were real and engaging. This is one of my favorite books of all time.
I agree! It is the best piece that King has written. Even the Dark Tower series kept going back to this piece more than any other piece he wrote. I think this was also one of his favorites as well. I love the video series, in fact I own it! The Unabriged version is the best. It explaines a lot that was missing from the origional release.
By far my favorite Stephen King book--it's a real masterpiece from the creation of the storyline down to the development of each of the characters. I have read it three times and I pick up something new each time.
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This is one Stephen King that bears reading every few years. Even when you remeber the outcome, the epic battles, the memorable characters and the evocative settings just pull you into the story.
I wholeheartedly agree. I love to re read this book and they did a good job with the movie, I watch it over and over again as well
Stephen King creeps me out..but in a good way. This book is large and I found it to be absolutely mesmerizing. It's not my usual read but was recommended to me by my brother and once started, I couldn't put it down!
This one's my favorite,too, and I think the best movie presentation of a SK book ever. It's just so epic, I love it. Altho I read Desperation recently and found that to be a close second.
Storm of the Century, and IT were very good as well. I wish they would make a movie or mini series of his book Insomnia. I love that book as well.
They did make a mini-series during the late 90's. It was horrible. All i remeber is that it was bad and that Molly Ringwald and Dahmer(from Coach) were in it.
When I saw the movie I thought "thats nothing like I thought they would look like!" It's too bad they cut the part out when the boy almost kills Larry.
I read this long before King was known as a Horror writer...or before he became so "hollywood", so I had no preconceived notions. I just loved this book and after reading some of these comment think I have to dust it off and read it again. My other two favorites by him are The Talisman and Tommyknockers.
I never did see the movie of this, but it sounds like I wasn't missing anything! : )
I did too (read The Stand long before King was known as a Horror writer). I can't drive past a corn field without thinking of "Children of the Corn."
Oh, I do remember seeing the Children of the Corn on TV as a mini-series and was scared outta my mind. I remember the first segment was on when I was baby-sitting and thinking that it wasn't a good choice to be watching as I walked home in the dark. I never did read the book. Is it worth while?
Hi! Yes, The Stand is definitely worthwhile. It was the very first Stephen King novel I'd read, and it got me hooked on his writing. It is a long book, but King is masterful at keeping your attention through the lulls in the action. Happy reading!
My favorite King book, a true epic.
Hi Nancy! This is one of my favorite, if not THE favorite Stephen King book I have read. It is definately worth the time to read and absorb.
I read it in the summer of 93.
so is the length of time it takes some former friends to explain why they dumped you!!!!
I can't wait to read it!
One of my favorite King tales. Recommend you skip the movie - it takes too much away from the story.
I loved the book have read it many times as well as seen the movie many times. I didnt think it took away from the book that much, I thought it was pretty well done
I loved this book it was so well written and so very dark definetly one of his best if not the best, But I did find the Mini-series to be quite good as well I thought it was quite faithful to the book and did not take away anything from the book only made me appreciate it all the more.
For some reason movies don't seem to do justice to SK's work.
Great so far and I'm really surprised to read criticism of the length! King does such a good job of juggling all the bits so that they don't ever drag on.
The Stand is a truely great novel. Stephen King made every character so real, which is probably why the book is so long. The length is not appealing though - i was tempted to skip a lot of pages, but he had to explain what the characters were going through. I was very impressed with the strength and faith (even though it was reluctant) of the committee members. They had no idea what the plan was but they still went - sort of like Abraham i guess lol. I had hoped for more of a showdown at the end though, but it was still good.
I think this is Stephen King's finest work. Complex yet straigtforward; good vs evil set in today's society. Lengthy but worth reading every word for the vivid descriptions alone. A true classic.
I remember passing this book around my senior year in HS. I had the whole class reading it. It's great!
Okay, anyone else freaked between the parallel of this swine flu and Captain Trips? They announced the first USA death this morning. Of course, I know it'd be nearly impossible for it to happen, but what would you do if it did start happening?
I agree! I was freaked out when I read the Stand way back when that a common cold or virus could go so horribally wrong, when you view it by today's swine flu....1
It freaked me out MUCH more that this book originally hit the newsstands the same year they announced the discovery of AIDS.
wow, you're that old? lol.
Anyway after I read this book I became wary of the people who sneeze around me, hahaha.
how can you sell so many books when they are barely readable, great movie stock, though!
The only way this book could make it on film, would be a mini series. A movie would not do it justice.
They made a mini series out of it. I have it. Not bad, they could have done a better job with Flagg, though. Molly Ringwald and Gary Sinise are in it, as is Miguel Ferer, Laura San Giacomo and Rob Lowe, among others.
In my opinion, The Stand is King's masterpiece. Why? Because it is not too far fetched; it could happen! Besides, King is a master at keeping the reader turning the pages, and never so much as in this one. I wish I had time to read all his stuff. But there are too many unexplored authors out there and I've gotta find out about them, too!
This is the best, everything else from not so good to no good. Too many books and believe me most are not worth reading.
I disagree. Why expect another "The Stand" when the works of Stephen King are varied from one another? That's why he's a great writer. Anyway, you can read all his stuff and read other stuff from the other authors too, why dedicate yourself to one dude only? :)
what is i about??
IMO King's best work
I have read this book three times. The story line could happen and it would be as the bible talks about the war in the end of times.
The story interested me when I read it because it seemed to be an accurate picture of a post-Apocalyptic society.
I'm torn between whether I should read the uncut version (which I don't own) or the cut version (which I own). Any great differences between them?
Nope, he just added more stuff. More great stuff.
The uncut version is more updated in terms of societal changes. Also has some scenes that were previously deleted. It really doesnt matter, both are excellent. I read the cut version originally than re-read the uncut version many years later. The cut version is still effective and relevant, even though it is set in the 70's
I liked this book.
Me too! Must read it again soon...
The first time I read this book when I got to the end I was just amazed at what a great book it was. I closed the book, and then I sneezed. I got worried there for a minute.
i successfully managed to freak myself out when i read this. this book got completely under my skin. i was even dreaming the storyline and the characters aka i was being chased by the dark man :S as i said freaky. hence i finished this book when i was snowed in at approximately 5am in the morning. it was absolutely fantastic though hence why (apart from not being able to sleep because i was thinking about it all the time and being haunted by the characters) i just couldn't put it down. it was refreshing for it to not drag on and on like the majority of stephen king novels that ive read which is quite a few which was a relief. yes it was a massive tomb of a book but well worth the read.
I have read this book now three or four times. I love both versions. Unfortunately, every SKing book gets measured against The Stand.
It is a terrible thing when an author makes you love a book so much.
ive seen the movie , and it was good to me . ive heard that the book is really good , but , THIS IS 1 B.I.G BOOK ! i still might place a hold for it at the library as well as The Cell by King .